Buying or selling a home is no joke. In fact, these transactions are among the largest and most complex you will be involved in during your lifetime.
If you don’t hire a Realtor, you could be leaving time, money and your sanity on the table.
You could miss out on thousands of dollars.
- Typical for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) sales price: $184,000*
- Typical agent-assisted home sale price: $230,000*
You are likely to be facing a buyer or seller who is represented by a professional.
- Amount of buyers who use a real estate agent to find their home: 89%*
- Amount of sellers who use a real estate agent to sell their home: 88%*
You are likely to appreciate your real estate agent.
- Buyers who definitely would use the same agent again: 73%*
- Sellers who definitely would use the same agent again: 65%*
Your Time is Valuable
Chances are, you have a career of your own. You may work 40 to 80 hours a week, plan meals and keep multiple schedules, all while trying to sneak in a little time for you. Do you really want to eat up what little free time you have learning a new profession? Of course, not.
A Realtor will handle most of the details of your home sale or purchase. You can avoid:
- Learning to market your home
- Researching the housing market
- Becoming a salesperson or professional negotiator
- Scheduling showings and open houses
- Screening potential buyers
- Attending showings (if you are a seller)
- Dealing with appraisers and inspectors
- A lot of stress
- and much more!
Real Estate Transactions Are Complex
The real estate market is not a static environment. Laws, contracts and even building regulations are subject to change as the market evolves and new information emerges. Even if you’ve bought or sold a home in the past, chances are good that the rules will be different today.
A Realtor will help you by:
- Framing your expectations based on the realities of the current market
- Informing you of the steps in the process and guiding you through them
- Potentially saving you more than you will spend on their commission
- Sharing best practices for staging your home
- Matching you with homes within your price range that best match your desires
- Being aware of any reasons you should pursue or avoid a purchase
- Screening potential buyers
- Scheduling and attending showings and open houses
- Negotiating on your behalf after you have made or received an offer
- Communicating with appraisers and other professionals on your behalf
- Explaining the contracts (often upwards of 50 pages)
- Expediting the entire process
- Having your back
I’ve Got Your Back
As a REALTOR, it is my duty to stay up-to-date on all aspects of real estate transactions and to look out for your best interests. As an active member of many of Weber County’s communities, I take that responsibility very seriously. Satisfied clients make fantastic neighbors.
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